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Evolutionary psychology is an important and rapidly expanding area in the life, social, and behavioral sciences, and this Handbook represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference text in the field today. Chapters in this Handbook address foundational theories and methodological approaches, providing a rich overview of the most important theoretical and empirical work in the field. The SAGE Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduate students in all areas of psychology, and in related disciplines across the life, social, and behavioral sciences. Part 1: Foundations of Evolution; Part 2: Middle-Level Evolutionary Theories; and Part 3: Research Methods and Strategies.

Chapter 15: Attachment Theory: A Behavioral Systems Approach for Studying Species-Universal and Individual-Differences Aspects of the Social Mind

Attachment Theory: A Behavioral Systems Approach for Studying Species-Universal and Individual-Differences Aspects of the Social Mind
Attachment theory: a behavioral systems approach for studying species-universal and individual-differences aspects of the social mind
Mario Mikulincer Phillip R. Shaver

Attachment theory (Bowlby, 1973, 1980, 1982) has proven to be one of the most useful and influential contemporary theories in social/personality, developmental, and clinical psychology (Cassidy and Shaver, 2016). The theory has generated an enormous research and intervention literature, in part because Bowlby combined ideas and insights from psychoanalysis, cognitive-developmental psychology, and ethology, especially primate ethology. He can reasonably be considered one of the first evolutionary psychologists, because his conception of human infancy, social development, and close interpersonal relationships ...

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